Vermillion boxers are starting strong The Vermillion Boxing Team (VBT) is back in full swing after a brief summer layoff. They are continuing to pound the bags, knock out the push-ups, sit-ups and quick muscle jerk reaction exercises needed to have a successful season. Once again all thanks to generous communityinvolved sponsors, most notably Joseph Shramek of Shramek Building Company who provides the VBT with a place to call home.
The VBT is comprised of seven Vermillion youth ranging in ages from 10 to 17. They are Thomas Barnes, 10; Kris LeRoy, 11; Oliver Hope (State and Region X Junior Olympic Champion), 14; Terry Barnes, 15; Derrick Peterson and Nick Willroth, 16; and Adam Morse, 17.
The VBT got its first eye-full in Sioux Falls at the Siouxland Boxing Smoker held Oct. 10. Although only two fighters, Adam Morse and Kris LeRoy, got matches, it didn't extinguish the rest of the team's fire to cheer those fighters to victory.
LeRoy, fighting Steven Ziegler at 125 pounds, put on a brief and effective display of domination. Thirty seconds into round one after eight unanswered punches LeRoy, the referee administered a standing eight count and Ziegler's corner man ended the match.
In VBT's second bout, Morse had the crowd on its feet as he set his opponent, Joe Katzenberger of Sioux Falls, on his seat with a sharp, stiff three-punch combination. Katzenberger beat the count but was ineffective through the rest of the bout. Morse won an unanimous decision.
The VBT's next competitions will be Nov. 7 in Mission, and Nov. 14 at the National Guard Armory/Community Center in Vermillion.
The team can't say enough about its terrific sponsors and supporters. They include: Quality Motors, Kalins, Dr. Gregory, Todd's Electric, Westgate Mobile Home Village, Bunyan's, Deb's Hallmark, Fast Auto Glass, First National Bank, The Index, and Tigert Art Gallery.